Over the years I have watched Jim in this profession and have become very experienced in the day to day operations of residential construction. I have run the office end, but have on occasion ventured out and worked along side him. This has allowed me to see the challenges both from the office operations perspective as well as the field operations. It takes a strong spirit to dedicate themselves to this direction in life. For those construction souls out there who darn the blue collar everyday I send my deep respect for your commitments.
Those commitments can't stop when your not feeling well. Today I watched as Jim pulled himself from bed and got ready for another day. Not one complaint as he got dressed, washed himself up, and came down to eat. After a night of little sleep due to his back troubling him, I was not surprised. My lack of surprise and constant admiration comes from the fact this is how he operates and always has. I know there are others out there just like him that got up this morning after a night of no sleep - whether due to a cold or just a sore and achy body from all the day to day work.
And that day to day work is a cherished part of construction, because there are times when that phone isn't ringing and you are wondering how long it will be until it rings again. You ask the question over and over of, "Am I advertising enough? Did I advertise right and in the right place? Am I utilizing the new social networks in a way that works best?" So you begin to consider making adjustments, etc...and then the phone rings and won't stop and you wonder if you'll get a break. This yoyo effect is a challenge and places great stress on the dedicated contractor.
I have often had my children ask me, "When is Dad going to take a day off?". This is a question that is difficult to not only answer but to understand in the mind of a child. It also ties into what I just reference in the previous paragraph. A contractors life revolves around his jobs. There are no real "days off" for him - he is either working or he isn't. It's during the times he's not working that he is on his official "days off". Unfortunately, these times are typically not the most enjoyable as I said before...there is stress about when the phone might ring.
Now after reading what I wrote, it might sound like I'm complaining. I'm not - just sharing the life I've experienced being at the side of a contractor. Jim carries a passion for his profession. He loves what he does. He loves to create. He loves to problem solve. And he loves his clients. We are deeply blessed in that we have experienced some amazing projects and people along the way.
The life of a contractor is one that requires dedication and passion. Jim and I have traveled a long road in this profession. It is the road of the of blue collar cowboy. We may not be as young as we were when we started, but we still feel the road is open and filled with possibility. Many don't even know that Jim created his own tool called the Demo Hammer. We had hoped that this multiple use hand tool would have taken off and become a valuable resource to the contracting community; however, due to timing the dream came to a halt. However, Jim is not someone who quits in life. I wouldn't be surprised if one day it is resurrected along with his Meter Hammer creation and just flies! If you are interested in getting to know us better or even speaking to Jim about construction please contact us. We'd love to hear from you. We'd love to hear your stories.
Thank you for reading this blog and sharing yet again - another female perspective. :0)